What's the Best Advice You've Ever Received?
With Hannah Baxter
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey, I’m Hannah! I’m 29 years-old, a Leo, a palindrome, Midwestern turned Brooklynite, a writer, a cat lady, a fan of slime green stuff, double-jointed, and owner of lots of tattoos.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I can whistle incredibly well.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t compare yourself to other people. I spread this gospel as often as I can. Everyone has their own trajectory in life, and just because you’re ahead or behind (whatever that means to you) doesn’t mean you’re better or worse off than your peers.
What would you say to 16 year old you?
Boys with fast rides are cool, but girls with fast rides are even cooler. Get your motorcycle license.
What is your greatest fear?
Tornados! Remember, I’m Midwestern. I also don’t love to fly, but I play loud music and try to ignore it.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I’m lucky to have incredibly supportive friends and family. My biggest self-doubter has always been me, but the harder I work, the better I feel. If I’m really struggling, a yoga class or drinking wine in my sister’s backyard helps immeasurably.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
You’re greater than the sum of your parts, and you are doing just fine.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
Being able to walk everywhere and really feel like I’m in the thick of New York. Dollar pizza is also pretty dope.
What do you love most about yourself?
My sense of humor, my compassion, and my willingness to explore.
Why do you love to travel?
To take myself outside of my comfort zone. It’s humbling, and we all need some of that. Also the food.
What motivates you most?
Having great stories to tell when I’m old.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
I always, ALWAYS, carve out time for myself. I’m introverted, so to recharge my energy I have to be alone, otherwise my work and social life will suffer. Be willing to say no when you need to.
What is your favorite meal?
Crab legs with extra lemon butter, hushpuppies, and an ice cold pale ale.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Ask myself what else I can do to have the time and resources to do whatever I want one day. Same for the people I love.
What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I grew up on a horse farm and love to ride.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Probably a gardener, or a ceramicist. When I was 16, I would have said professional snowboarder, which still sounds fun as hell.
What is something on your bucket list?
I divide my bucket list up by years, and it’s to visit at least five countries between January and December. That, and create something out of nothing, perhaps a product, or a company, and lead a group of inspired people. I also crossed learning to surf off this year’s bucket list and I’m really proud of it.
Have you ever had an extraordinary experience? Describe it!
I was backpacking in Asia with one of my best friends before moving to New York, and we did a nighttime snorkeling excursion on Phi Phi Island. We were on a rickety boat off the coast, and when we jumped into the water the crew told us to punch and kick as if we were boxing. Everything around us lit up like Christmas lights—there were bioluminescent plankton everywhere, and it was magic.
Where do you find inspiration?
To be honest, in the shower, or when I’m driving (which doesn’t happen that much anymore). Somehow it’s always when I can’t write it down.
What are your biggest passions?
Writing, New York City, travel, fashion, beauty, environmentalism, sphynx cats, feminist activism, really good books, cannabis regulation, removing mental health stigma, going to dinner with friends, the handsome dude I sleep next to every night, and being in a body of water as often as humanly possible.
More About Hannah
Hannah Baxter is a writer, editor, and stylist for Coveteur. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and hairless cat, Wilson.